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Dallas Ebola Patient Is Dead

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Thomas Eric Duncan (Photo: Facebook)
Thomas Eric Duncan (Photo: Facebook)

The patient at a Texas hospital battling the Ebola virus has died, reports said.

Thomas Eric Duncan, believed to be 42, died at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday, a day after he was given the experimental drug brincidofovir at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he had been admitted since Sept. 28.

“Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease,” hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said.

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Duncan carried the Ebola virus to the United States with him from his native Liberia, officials have said. In Texas, health officials have identified 10 people, including seven health workers, who had direct contact with Duncan while he was contagious, the Associated Press reported.

They have our sincere condolences, and we are keeping them in our thoughts,” Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in statement.

Once at the morgue, Duncan’s body will be placed in an airtight, secure casket and immediately buried or cremated, according to a report from CBS Dallas.

“The CDC recommends that the body be placed in two leak-proof zippered plastic bags before being moved to the morgue,” the report said. The body should not be embalmed, according to the same report.